If you’re in the market for a mid-size SUV, there are a few factors that you’ll need to consider. Most manufacturers now build body-on-frame SUVs, but they don’t offer the same level of safety that they used to. For example, a body-on-frame SUV isn’t as safe as a hybrid SUV. In fact, most large SUVs with high crash test ratings are still body-on-frame models.
Ford Explorer: The Ford Explorer scores top safety ratings, and comes with a nice suite of technology features. The Explorer received a full redesign in 2020, but the ST-Line trim isn’t back until 2022. The V6 engine, which delivers 355 horsepower, will no longer be offered in the Explorer lineup. Despite its good safety ratings, the current Explorer trim levels aren’t as well-equipped as its higher-end rivals.
The Kia Telluride: Another big SUV, the Telluride offers excellent seating, with comfortable seats for all passengers. Unlike its smaller brother, the Kia Palisade, it has a more luxurious interior. The Telluride has better second-row seating and modern muscular styling. The Telluride is priced at under $50,000 with options, and it comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Toyota Highlander: The Highlander is another solid contender in the mid-large SUV segment. This three-row family crossover features improved driving dynamics and an available hybrid option for better fuel economy. Its hybrid version is available with a hybrid powertrain and is class-leading for fuel economy. Despite its higher price, the Highlander is generous with standard safety technologies and offers a wide range of safety features.